September 2010 (Archive)

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McDonald's recalls Shrek glasses due to potential cadmium risk — The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced…
Hogchoker - the new Internet star — A small flatfish living along the coast of North America is the…
Cancer deaths are projected to double by 2030 — Cancer deaths are projected to double in the next two decades.…

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Wasps clock faces like humans — Face recognition in golden paper wasps may be an adaptation to…
Entangled diamonds vibrate together — Objects big enough for the eye to see have been placed in a weirdly…
How animals predict earthquakes — Animals may sense chemical changes in groundwater that occur…
New Icelandic volcano eruption could have global impact — Hundreds of metres under one of Iceland's largest glaciers there…

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News | Archive (29 September 2010)

Archived news stories published on 29 September 2010 [chronologically, reverse order]
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Palaeontologist reflects on Darwinian connections
Palaeontologist reflects on Darwinian connections — As the former director and chief executive of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in England, Sir Peter Crane often walked in…
Are all sites harmful to your computer?
Are all sites harmful to your computer? — Starting early afternoon (today, 31 January 2009) any search result on Google shows a warning message 'This site may harm…
Extrasolar planet with wild temperature swings observed
Extrasolar planet with wild temperature swings observed — NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has observed a planet that heats up to red-hot temperatures in a matter of hours before quickly…
Is there a doctor in the house to check on this bridge?
Is there a doctor in the house to check on this bridge? — A bridge is like a living organism. It requires frequent health check-ups and maintenance, and its lifespan is 50 years on…

Predicting divorce: U-M study shows how fight styles affect marriage

— 17:44 GMT | Health

It's common knowledge that newlyweds who yell or call each other names have a higher chance of getting divorced. But a new University of Michigan study shows that other conflict patterns also predict divorce…

UH geologists find parts of Northwest Houston sinking rapidly

— 17:41 GMT | Geology and palaeontology

A large section of northwestern Harris County - particularly the Jersey Village area - is sinking rapidly, according to a University of Houston (UH) geologist who has analysed GPS data measuring ground elevation in the Houston area…

A revolutionary new way of reversing certain cancers

— 17:38 GMT | Health

Australian and American scientists have found a way of shrinking tumours in certain cancers - a finding that provides hope for new treatments…

Pet allergies worsen hay fever symptoms, Queen's study finds

— 17:35 GMT | Health

Being allergic to dogs or cats may worsen your ragweed allergies, according to a study from Queen's University…

NIH scientists find more health benefits from starting HIV treatment early

— 17:32 GMT | Health

HIV-infected individuals who begin antiretroviral therapy (ART) soon after acquiring the virus may have stronger immune responses to other pathogens than HIV-infected individuals who begin ART later, a new study from the National Institutes of Health has found. This finding suggests that early initiation of ART may prevent irreversible immune system damage and adds to the body of evidence showing significant health benefits from early ART…

NIH scientists consider fate of pandemic H1N1 flu virus

— 17:29 GMT | Health

Whither pandemic H1N1 virus? In a new commentary, scientists from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, review the fates of previous pandemic influenza viruses in the years following a pandemic and speculate on possible future courses for the 2009 pandemic H1N1 (pH1N1) virus during the upcoming flu season and beyond…

Sodium plays key role in tissue regeneration

— 17:26 GMT | Health

Sodium gets a bad rap for contributing to hypertension and cardiovascular disease. Now biologists at Tufts University's School of Arts and Sciences have discovered that sodium also plays a key role in initiating a regenerative response after severe injury. The Tufts scientists have found a way to regenerate injured spinal cord and muscle by using small molecule drugs to trigger an influx of sodium ions into injured cells…

Key action of a gene linked to both Alzheimer's disease and type 2 diabetes identified

— 17:23 GMT | Health

A research team led by Mount Sinai School of Medicine has identified the mechanism behind a single gene linked to the causes of both Alzheimer's disease and Type 2 diabetes. The data show that a gene for a protein called SorCS1, which can cause Type 2 diabetes, impacts the accumulation of amyloid-beta (Abeta) in the brain. Abeta plays a key role in the development of Alzheimer's disease. The study is published in the September 29th issue of the Journal of Neuroscience…

Solar cells thinner than wavelengths of light hold huge power potential

— 17:20 GMT | Technology

In the smooth, white, bunny-suited clean-room world of silicon wafers and solar cells, it turns out that a little roughness may go a long way, perhaps all the way to making solar power an affordable energy source, say Stanford engineers…

Early life experience modifies gene vital to normal brain function

— 17:17 GMT | Health

Early life stress, such as an extreme lack of parental affection, has lasting effects on a gene important to normal brain processes and also tied to mental disorders, according to a new animal study in the Sept. 29 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience…

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